“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
My word for this year has been “grateful” I decided that I needed to change my perspective on a lot of things, and the way to do that was to show gratitude for everything I do have.
It’s easy to complain about what we DON’T have – a new car, better paying job, a bigger home.. but it’s harder to do that when you are instead thankful for what you DO have.
My car gets me from point A to B. Are my kids constantly kicking the back of the seats and are my knees are touching the dash? Yes, but it gets us where we need to be.
Do I wish we were more financially secure? Absolutely, but our bills are paid, we have plenty of food to eat and we are clothed.
Are we at maximum capacity in this bungalow? We sure are, but it’s home. We have heat, and a dishwasher (an absolute necessity in my eyes) and beds to sleep in.
It’s all about contentment.
We as women can be consumed by the mundane, and it does sometimes feel like a burden and like we may be missing out. But take a look around you right now, what do you have that you are thankful for? What is around you that you prayed for, and God miraculously provided?
Let’s change our outlook on life today ladies, and thank and praise God for what He has provided and everything we are so blessed with!
Lord, help me to have a thank you on my lips every single day, and to not take anything I have in this life for granted.
“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.” Psalm 116:12-13
The Lord has done so much for us, how could we ever repay Him. His gift of salvation alone is so much more than we deserve. His Holy Spirit abiding in our hearts and guiding us each day is so much more than we are worthy of.
Daily, He provides us with a comfortable place to live, clothes to wear, and food to eat. We have family and friends who love us and are there for us when we need them.
How could we every repay the Lord for all the things He has provided for us? The only thing He requires is for us to give ourselves completely to Him, accept His salvation, walk in the way He directs, and praise Him continually, so that others will see Christ in our lives.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for all the benefits you have given us, help us to be thankful for them and to give you all the praise and glory.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
“Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.” Psalm 112:1
The Psalmist declares that the man/woman who fears the Lord and obeys His Word will be blessed. In verses 4 to 9, he shows us how a person who does this will react.
He is gracious and full of compassion. He shows favour and lends to others. He uses discretion in everything he does. His heart is fixed on the Lord, so the evil that is present in the world does not affect him. He gives to the poor. His righteousness endures – he is the same no matter what circumstances he faces.
Verse 3 says that wealth and riches are in his house and his righteousness endures for ever. He may not be rich as far as the world is concerned, but true riches come from serving God faithfully.
It is far better to have the riches God bestows, rather than be rich according to the world’s standards. We are storing up riches in heaven, and one day will share in all that the Lord has prepared for His people.
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for all the blessings you bestow upon us and for the hope of one day spending eternity with you.
Devotion by Anne Johnston